16 Brutally Honest Writing Tips Genius writing tips from Hemingway to Gaiman

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Brutally honest writing tips from the masters of the craft.

These are writing tips from some of the greatest to ever live. Some are tough to accept, others funny, but in my decades of writing and creating content, they’re all true and necessary to accept if you really want to write professionally.

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit, ”Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket. Ernest Hemingway

The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
Philip Roth

“You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.”    Bill Gibson

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Neil Gaiman is always good for a writing quote (photo by Clinton Steeds)

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
Neil Gaiman

“Writing is the hardest thing ever.” Lisa Simpson

“Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of   your life.”

Lawrence Kasdan

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Anais Nin

“If you wish to be a writer, write.” – Epictetus

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

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David Foster Wallace was a writing genius and still is.

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”

David Foster Wallace

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth
writing about.”
Charles Bukowski

“I write out of revenge.”

― William Goldman

“To get the truth, you want to get your own heart to pound while you write.”

Robert McKee

And quite possibly the least understood by beginning writers:

“The first draft of anything is shit.”

Ernest Hemingway

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